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Gardner Edgerton Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year Announced
Gardner Edgerton Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year Announced
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Monday, March 16, 2020

Congratulations to Paula Athey, library media specialist at Moonlight Elementary, who has been selected as the USD 231 Elementary Teacher of the Year!  

Paula has taught in the Gardner Edgerton District for 26 years. For the past eight years, she has served as the library media specialist at Moonlight Elementary. Paula started her teaching career at Gardner Elementary as a third-grade teacher followed by serving as a kindergarten teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, and reading specialist. Upon the opening of the building in 2002, Paula moved to Moonlight Elementary as a kindergarten teacher and reading specialist prior to her current role. Paula holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of St. Mary and Masters of Science in Educational Technology with an emphasis in Library Media from Pittsburg State University.  
Paula has been a district mentor since 2015 and has shown leadership at Moonlight Elementary as a co-chair of the Reading Committee and a co-creator of the Growth Mindset lessons taught to all MLE students. She helps students through programs such as Student Council, Novel Navigators, Moonlight Night at the JOCO Public Library, and the staff holiday family adoption program. She is currently planning Moonlight’s first Awareness Week in April to celebrate the diversity in learners.  
 
Paula’s current message is awareness, acceptance, and appreciation for all.
 
Paula will now move to the state level and participate in the KTOY selection process. The KTOY Program recognizes a Regional Finalist for each of the eight (8) regions. From the eight Representatives, a Kansas Teacher of the Year is selected. As a team, these designees are provided professional learning opportunities, make visits to school districts around the state, advocate for education at the state level, and represent teachers as a whole across Kansas. The Kansas Teacher of the Year is nominated to represent Kansas in the National Teacher of the Year Program. For additional information about the state program visit www.ksde.org.
 
Congratulations, Paula!!!


Congratulations to Jaylene Freeman, business teacher at Gardner Edgerton High School, who has been selected as the USD 231 Secondary Teacher of the Year!  
Jaylene has taught in the Gardner Edgerton School District since August of 2007. For the past three years, she has taught courses in Marketing and Information Support Systems. During this time, she has launched The Blazer Stop school store. Mrs. Freeman also trains students, while coordinating with the district Technology Department, to repair and maintain the middle school and high school Chromebooks. Jaylene enjoys creating hands-on projects for her students that allow them to collaborate and implement events in conjunction with clubs, sports teams, and other classes at the high school.
 
Prior to her current assignment, Jaylene taught a variety of classes ranging from Computer Applications, Entrepreneurship, Career and Life Planning, and Project Management. Mrs. Freeman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Business from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Baker University.
 
Outside of the classroom, Jaylene is currently the DECA marketing club sponsor, Career and Technical Education Department Chair, Perkins Grant Coordinator,  Building Systems Technician, District Technology Committee member, and GENEA treasurer.
 
Jaylene will now move to the state level and participate in the KTOY selection process. The KTOY Program recognizes a Regional Finalist for each of the eight (8) regions. From the eight Representatives, a Kansas Teacher of the Year is selected. As a team, these designees are provided professional learning opportunities, make visits to school districts around the state, advocate for education at the state level, and represent teachers as a whole across Kansas. The Kansas Teacher of the Year is nominated to represent Kansas in the National Teacher of the Year Program. For additional information about the state program visit www.ksde.org.
 
Congratulations, Jaylene!!!